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These days, every time I sit down in our upstairs hallway after dinner I have the same thought. Is this the last time I’m going to watch A Show? “A Show:” This is what Esme, 9, and Eliza, 7,  call what they’ve been periodically performing for us during the small window of time between dinner clean-up and […]



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A few months ago, nearing the summit of 45 years old, my ovaries were removed to a soundtrack of “Night Fever” and “Beast of Burden.” I had actually said goodbye to them four and a half years earlier, waiting for the ice pack to numb the spot where I’d get a shot that I affectionately […]


Make Work Trips a Little Easier

It’s hard when one spouse goes on a work trip. It’s hard for the spouse traveling (read: homesickness) and it’s arguably harder for the spouse who stays home (read: 24-hour rockstar solo parent time). I travel for work reasons pretty regularly, and yet – somehow – I am still pretty terrible at prepping for trips. […]


Paris (75 of 78)

Backwards, forwards, upwards, and onwards. This has been the way I’ve been living my life for over a year now and I can’t turn back, nor do I want to. The last few weeks have been a daze of both international and domestic travel complete with trains, planes, and automobiles. As I sit and write […]


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One Saturday morning I couldn’t easily stand up after the morning cartoons ended. I was four. I announced to my mother that I had appendicitis. She said something along the lines of “Nonsense.” But I did have a fever. So, she took me to the doctor and he sent us to the hospital for an […]


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Imagine a dull buzzing sound in the background of your life on a constant loop. Sometimes the sound would get louder, other times it would be softer, but it doesn’t really go away; it’s just incessantly there. Pretty annoying, right? Well, imagine that dull buzzing sound in the form of judgment, rumors, and unsolicited advice […]


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I am an entertainment journalist and travel writer. My kids – two girls ages 6 and 10 – are old enough now to complain that I leave on “fun trips” without them and don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be allowed to come along. (Despite the fact that they occasionally do, but apparently that’s […]


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My son, Beckett, is a sliver of a child; all limbs and eyelashes, pale as paper. A sweet boy of seven, he could be cast as Cindy Lou Who’s older brother. But last year, during the week of Hurricane Sandy and Halloween, he slipped into a skin-tight black one-piece and became a Ninja Warrior, stealth and fierce. […]


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Going out together with a group of friends felt weird the first time I did it. Most of my friends, if not all, are married or in committed relationships. To those who were meeting me for the first time and had no idea of my past, I was, on the surface, simply just another single […]


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I remember making the kindergarten decision for my first guy. I toiled between two schools, and eventually settled upon the one the preschool teacher I most trusted recommended for him. I liked the other one, though—and imagined I’d revisit the whole kindergarten decision for the next child, two classes behind. Well, that second guy saw […]


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